Christopher Kelly

You’d think a movie critic might relish passing thumbs-up, thumbs-down judgments on all the latest flicks, but for Fort Worth–based writer-at-large Christopher Kelly, that’s the least interesting part of his job. “Movies and TV and celebrities are more than entertainment,” says the Staten Island native. “I like to figure out how they relate to life and the place they take within culture.” The former film critic for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Kelly’s work has also appeared in the New York Times, Salon, the Chicago Tribune, Slate, Film Comment, and many other publications. His debut novel, A Push and a Shove, was published by Alyson Books and won the 2008 Lambda Literary Foundation award for Best Debut Novel. His favorite movies, in no particular order, are A Hard Day’s Night, All That Jazz, The Silence of the Lambs, and Nashville.


The Snooze Brothers

How the Wilsons became legally bland.

The Perfectionist

Terrence Malick’s self-defeating art.

Royal Flush

Ignore the critics. See The King.

Shooting Blanks

Ten years later, Lone Star is still overrated.

Fanfare for the Common Man

In praise of Mike Judge.

Terror Alert

Revved up for Chainsaw.

Fries With That?

Richard Linklater supersizes Fast Food Nation.

Err America

Bush bashing on the big screen.

Immaculate Misconception

Catherine Hardwicke’s bad faith.


Dim the Lights.

Failed Coup

News you’d Rather not use.

Action Heroes

The best of the new auteurs.

The Lost Boys

With friends like these …

Arousing Success

A slasher flick to die for.

We’ll Always Love You

The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas at 25.